Remember MySpace, back in its pre-MyVoid days when it was the essential site for musicians, fans and industry folk?
Yeah, me neither. Today, most local bands and venues prefer to promote their gigs on sites like Facebook and ReverbNation. You'll also find a lot of artists, especially of the experimental, electronic and hip-hop varieties, posting recordings on SoundCloud and Bandcamp.
And then there are the deliberately old-school approaches. Damian Burford, back before he moved over to the Black Sheep, would sometimes burn CD samplers for Triple Nickel patrons, so they could hear the bands he'd booked to play in the weeks ahead.
Now comes a more efficient — and likely more effective — idea, one that Colorado Springs promoters may want to pick up on. With the much-heralded stateside launch of Spotify (see our July 28 story on the free streaming music service at here), the Larimer Lounge has begun posting Spotify playlists of artists coming to the Denver venue. One click on the playlist, and it immediately launches in your Spotify player. The result is instant gratification, with an increased possibility of discovering music you'll want to check out live.
Any local venue feel like giving it a try? Let us know and we'll pass the info along to Reverb readers.
And as long as we're talking music-centric social media: The Haunted Windchimes' Inaiah Lujan has a new Bandcamp site (inaiahlujan.bandcamp.com), where he's now posted three albums' worth of solo material. I especially recommend the Lack of Sleep Sessions, written and recorded in the middle of the night when the ghost of Inaiah's dog, some morning birds and an "invisible garden gnome" were sole witnesses. Recorded five years ago, many of the tracks show another side of Inaiah's music, one that, to my ears, is more George Harrison than Woody Guthrie or Leadbelly.
You can also catch live solo sets from Inaiah and fellow Windchime Desirae Garcia as part of an all-day concert at Lofty's on Sept. 4. Then go hear the full Haunted Windchimes lineup, along with plenty of other top winners in the 2011 Indy readers' poll, during our Sept. 8 Indy Music Awards Festival at Stargazers Theater & Event Center. More info on both events next week.
Moving farther afield, but closer to the present, this Friday through Sunday brings the annual gathering of the jamgrass tribes known as Nedfest. The Nederland event will feature the Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann, the Meters' George Porter, Split Lip Rayfield, Leftover Salmon, the David Grisman Sextet and more.
Also on Saturday, there's the Reggae on the Rocks festival. This year's Red Rocks lineup includes Inner Circle (we miss you, Jacob Miller!), Judge Roughneck, Groundation and plenty of others. Or venture south to Trinidad on Saturday to hear Trinidaddio Blues Festival acts like Charlie Musslewhite and personal favorite Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys.
In town, the Black Sheep plays host Friday to one of Colorado Springs' more synth-inclined alt-pop bands, Transit Vibes, to celebrate its debut album, Quantum States. And on Saturday at the Triple Nickel, avant-garage duo Wild Hares promote their self-titled album with an assist from Chuck Snow and other local heroes.
Finally, don't forget Saturday's Black Sheep show with Sole & the Skyrider Band and openers Mad Trees and L-Ion. Sole is the alter ego of Tim Holland, who cofounded the anticon label and comes up with lines like: "You can tell they love you by the way they sic them dogs upon you / And when you're gone they gonna name a plaza after you." Serious — and seriously good — stuff.